Definition of worthy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈwəːði

adjective (worthier, worthiest)

  • 1Having or showing the qualities that deserve the specified action or regard: these issues are worthy of further consideration
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    • But White's literary merit probably isn't what Marr discerns as the author's most appealing strength, the quality most worthy of copying.
    • Allemano and Carn are part of a younger generation of Toronto jazz musicians that are stepping up and are worthy to be heard alongside those in the Toronto establishment.
    • We sinned gravely and are not worthy to be called bishops.
  • 1.1Deserving effort, attention, or respect: generous donations to worthy causes
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    • Do you know of any fellow citizen, who has lately done a worthy action, deserving praise and imitation?
    • They were a pleasure to work with and it is great to see young people putting in a lot of time and effort for a very worthy cause.
    • The station and its shop will be offering visitors a cup of tea and a mince pie when they come along, in a fund-raising effort for this very worthy charity.
    virtuous, good, moral, ethical, principled, high-principled, high-minded, right-thinking, noble, upright, upstanding, righteous, solid, decent, law-abiding, honest, honourable, respectable, respected, venerable, reputable, trustworthy, trusty, trusted, reliable, dependable, conscientious, irreproachable, blameless, unimpeachable, exemplary, admirable, praiseworthy, laudable, commendable, estimable, deserving, meritorious, creditable, sterling
    informal squeaky clean
    archaic of good report
    rare applaudable
  • 1.2Good enough; suitable: no composer was considered worthy of the name until he had written an opera
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    • In my mind's eye, this was a sign that maybe I would be tempted to stray, and thus not worthy enough to get married.
    • It's a comic-relief part, but situated in a suitably worthy backdrop, and it affords the actress big moments of pathos as well.
    • They don't have to give awards in all 24 categories each year, or even have five nominees if they don't believe there are enough worthy candidates.
    deserve, be deserving of, merit, warrant, rate, justify, earn, be entitled to, have a right to, have a claim to/on, be qualified for, qualify for
  • 2Characterized by good intent but lacking in humour or imagination: worthy but tedious advice
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    • All of which contributes to making Sylvia a film which, while certainly worthy in intent, won't have very many people seeking to find out more about the poet.
    • My generation was raised on a diet of stultifyingly tedious, but worthy accounts of embryology, typically very badly printed on what appeared to be rice paper.
    • Usually it was a long and, I often felt, unnecessarily drawn-out and tedious experience where worthy but dull homilies were addressed to the assembled Gaels.

noun (plural worthies)

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  • She was no less enthusiastically received, quite worthily, for the rest of her spellbinding performance.
  • No words of mine could ever pay adequate tribute to Dan Dineen and to his magnificent ongoing efforts to raise funds for organisations that worthily deserve them.
  • Big Seamus and his charges pulled out all the stops when it really mattered, and they will worthily grace the 2004 senior championship.


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  • This is the institution to which they turn to test the worthiness of decisions taken by the president and Congress of the United States.
  • Calm seas and easy winds do not test a ship's worthiness, but it is the tempest and the hurricane that show her true metal.
  • Two 6th Class boys have proven their worthiness to represent their school on the Mackey Cup Team.


Middle English: from worth + -y1.

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